Health literacy and antiretroviral adherence among HIV-infected adolescents.

TitleHealth literacy and antiretroviral adherence among HIV-infected adolescents.
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMurphy DA, Lam P, Naar-King S, D Harris R, Parsons JT, Muenz LR
Corporate AuthorsAdolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions
JournalPatient Educ Couns
Date Published2010 Apr
KeywordsAdolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Antiviral Agents, CD4 Lymphocyte Count, Child, Communication, Confidence Intervals, Female, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Literacy, HIV Infections, Humans, Linear Models, Logistic Models, Male, Medication Adherence, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Risk Reduction Behavior, Surveys and Questionnaires, United States, Young Adult

<p><b>OBJECTIVE: </b>This study investigates HIV positive adolescents' health literacy and whether factors associated with health literacy in HIV-positive adults are associated with health literacy among HIV-positive adolescents.</p><p><b>METHODS: </b>Adolescents in this study were behaviorally and perinatally HIV-infected youth (n=186) from five U.S. cities. Participants had a mean age of 20.5, and 49.5% were male.</p><p><b>RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: </b>Contrary to findings for adult HIV-positive patients, among adolescents health literacy was not significantly associated with: medication adherence adjusting for age and education level; viral load; or self-efficacy to adhere to medication regimens. The only significant association was of health literacy with medical care received.</p><p><b>PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: </b>Practice implications are discussed.</p>

Alternate JournalPatient Educ Couns
PubMed ID19665860
PubMed Central IDPMC2839047
Grant ListU01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533-09 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD40533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States